“Oh, the fleeing of youthfulness and the onslaught of aging.”

I remember when I was younger and heard older people say, “I have to get home before it gets dark;” “I don’t go to the gas station after dark;” “I do my grocery shopping and get my hair done early in the morning.”

I was a young whipper-snapper and thought it silly they had to be in their homes before dark. Well, now that I’m enjoying my ‘winter years’, I can relate to what they were saying. It seems the world is becoming an ugly, mean, violent place to reside. It was most likely mean and ugly when I was younger but I looked at things differently – through the eyes of a youngster. Now mature, I look at the world from a totally different perspective. I’m not as strong, active, and quick as I was when a youth, and realize I wouldn’t be able to handle situations the same today as I did when younger.

A few weeks ago I awoke in a sad and downcast mood. The enemy had me thinking no one could be trusted, everyone was out for themselves, no one cared about anyone else.

The media reporting hoarding of necessary items during this coronavirus pandemic and reselling at ridiculous prices, fights over toilet paper, and Americans lining up to purchase firearms caused me to shudder.

But the Holy Spirit dwelling within got me back on the right track.

The Spirit of Truth reminded me of the kind, honest, generous people that bring me joy. He reminded me it is still good in the world. Not everyone is evil and cannot be trusted. He reminded me to think about things that are lovely, and of a good report, and not to dwell on the negative things in life.

I don’t desire to live like a prisoner in my home and in my community.

I do not like the thought of fearing my neighbor because of a virus.

I don’t want to rush home before dark because of the wickedness that comes out after dark.

Yes, the devil and his little minions love darkness and hate the light. They can do their dirty deeds and not be seen as easily.

But I remember to whom I belong and that the ‘greater’ one lives within me.

I remember that I have authority over Satan and all the powers of darkness.

God’s Holy Spirit lives within me!

We can face life cheerfully when we remember the kindness, beauty, and truthfulness of others.

The ideas that have lighted my way and, time after time, have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been kindness, beauty, and truth.”____________________________________Albert Einstein